2018 London Energy Garden Experience
Words by Katy Mae Cockburn
My name is Katy Mae Cockburn and I’m a seventeen year old East Londoner, living in Walthamstow. I attend Sixth Form in Leyton, commuting by bus twice a day to and from school. Being a resident of London my whole life, the city’s environment is deeply important to me. This is the main reason I was so keen to join the fantastic opportunity London Energy Gardens provided. The work looked both useful and enjoyable, with the AQA accredited courses only making it appeal more.
As a young person applying for University I am grateful for the ability to add these qualifications to my applications. Being able to do something of such a wholesome nature for the city felt meaningful, and is something I’d always find fun. Being passionate about ecology and environmental conservation furthered my interest in the programme. I was keen both to learn more about these topics, and to apply my newfound knowledge in a way that made a difference. The experience ended up being even better than I had initially anticipated, and continued to impress me throughout.
One of my favourite experiences was visiting a local anaerobic digester. Learning about the inner workings of something seemingly so complicated was not only interesting but felt useful to know. Similarly, I liked learning the details of solar panel making. Everything we learned felt practical and of good use, nothing felt unimportant. Of the many things I gained during this time, one of the best would have to be these practical skills. Another is definitely the motivation and guidance to become an activist.